Proposed 12-hour capital bandh is illegal: Magistrate

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Itanagar, Oct 11 (UNI) The proposed 12-hour capital complex bandh on October 13 called by the Arunachal Pradesh Consumers' Association (APCA) is unlawful and illegal, District Magistrate Padmini Singla said.

Official sources said here today the capital complex magistrate directed the APCA to abstain from any act that may affect the rights, liberty, safety or security of the citizens.

She further instructed the APCA to take up the issues with the appropriate authorities to arrive at a solution instead of causing inconvenience to the people by calling a bandh, the sources informed.

Earlier, the state government had cleared its stand in this regard saying frequent bandh calls were not only against the developmental activities of the state but also affected the common people who suffer the most.

The APCA has called the 12-hour bandh on various issues, including the price rise of essential commodities, power supply, road tax and others.

Meanwhile, the APCA said it would continue its agitation till their demands were met by the state government.

While informing that the bandh would be enforced as scheduled, the APCA exempted ambulances, milk vans, school buses, media, police and magistrates on duty and pharmacies from the purview of the bandh.

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